The future of climate alarmism is bogus statistics

By Dr David Evans and Joanne Nova  The temptation is all too strong. How many bureaucrats would work just as hard to show that their department was less important, less necessary, and less deserving of funding? It’s the fatal trap of bureaucratic management. The incentives are wrong. When governments are faced with poor reports, but they write their own report cards, they have many options to upgrade their “score”.  It’s irrational to think that people might not take every opportunity they can to improve their mark. They are human. Saints are rare. An important method that governments have for dealing with problems [...]

By |2009-11-12T18:25:38-05:00November 12th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on The future of climate alarmism is bogus statistics

Government has the wrong incentives

By Dr David Evans and Joanne Nova  The temptation is all too strong. How many bureaucrats would work just as hard to show that their department was less important, less necessary, and less deserving of funding? It’s the fatal trap of bureaucratic management. The incentives are wrong. When governments are faced with poor reports, but they write their own report cards, they have many options to upgrade their “score”.  It’s irrational to think that people might not take every opportunity they can to improve their mark. They are human. Saints are rare. An important method that governments have for dealing with problems [...]

By |2009-11-12T18:19:08-05:00November 12th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Government has the wrong incentives

Affordable Energy: the foundation of economic justice

  We have come together today united by a common goal: preserving jobs, families and communities … seeking improved opportunities, living standards and quality of life … revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, like those along Route 64 and in North St. Louis … bringing health and prosperity to Earth’s most impoverished nations … and pursuing social, economic and environmental justice – for workers and poor families … of every creed and color … across this great land and in faraway nations. But what do we mean by “justice”? How do we define this important humanitarian concept? What do we include in this definition [...]

By |2009-11-12T11:26:56-05:00November 12th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Affordable Energy: the foundation of economic justice

Climate assumptions from another planet

As the 821-page Kerry-Boxer climate bill gets fast-tracked in the Senate, as a companion to the 1427-page House bill, it is critical that we reexamine the assumptions behind cap-tax-and-trade legislation. The Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Information Administration and other optimistic analysts claim America can limit and tax hydrocarbon use, and switch to “ecologically friendly” renewable energy, with minimal harm to families, businesses and jobs. Their low-ball cost estimates are based on assumptions that can only have come from another planet: We will overcome decades of fear, resistance, lawsuits and over-regulation, and double US nuclear power in just 25 years. Workable, affordable [...]

By |2009-10-20T07:33:00-05:00October 20th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Climate assumptions from another planet

All pain, no gain

What is Cap and Trade? To address concerns that global warming threatens our planet, activists and politicians are pushing for a “cap-and-trade” program that would limit and tax carbon dioxide released by power plants, cars, factories and other facilities. It is a very complicated regulatory scheme that penalizes businesses and people who use energy or electricity generated from oil, gasoline, natural gas and coal (fossil fuels). Under cap and trade, Congress would place a limit or “cap” on the amount of carbon dioxide that our nation would be allowed to generate as a whole, and that limit would decrease drastically over [...]

By |2009-10-08T19:59:44-05:00October 8th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on All pain, no gain

Property rights resolution picks up steam in House

  Congressman Paul Broun, M.D., (R-GA) celebrated Constitution Day September 18 by introducing H. Res. 748, a resolution upholding the property rights of all Americans.  Broun’s initiative came on the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by the Founding Fathers. While celebrating the anniversary of the Constitution, Broun was quick to point out the mounting threats to one of the document’s most cherished provisions.  “Unfortunately, government has grown out of control, and it’s far different today from what our Founders established, he pointed out.  “As an original-intent constitutionalist, I believe the federal government was not established to direct [...]

By |2009-10-04T17:42:41-05:00October 4th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Property rights resolution picks up steam in House

Clinton-Era roadless rule resurfaces in Congress

  Two Capitol Hill lawmakers have introduced bills to codify a controversial Clinton-era plan to declare over 58 millions acres of national forest off-limits to industrial use.  Legislation sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and Jay Inslee (D-Washington) seeks to break the legal logjam that has surrounded the roadless rule for almost nine years.  The “Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2009” currently has 25 co-sponsors in the Senate and over 150 in the House.   In January 2001, just a few days before it left office, the Clinton administration proposed a rule banning road construction and logging, as well as most forms [...]

By |2009-10-04T00:00:00-05:00October 4th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Clinton-Era roadless rule resurfaces in Congress

Wilderness bill chokes Utah energy development?

As debate continues to heat up surrounding America’s need for more domestic energy, the state of Utah is once again thrust onto center stage.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, wilderness areas around the Grand-Escalante Staircase National Park contain roughly 65 million barrels of recoverable oil and another 1,500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  The problem is, such oil drilling has met with widespread opposition by environmental groups which have supported legislation to close off nearly nine million acres of crucial energy development.  With nearly 40% of Utah possibly closed off as wilderness area, only time will tell [...]

By |2009-08-14T00:00:00-05:00August 14th, 2009|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Wilderness bill chokes Utah energy development?

Nuclear power on the Moon?

Siting a nuclear power plant in the United States has proven to be difficult.  But now, according to scientists, there might be another solution – namely, siting one on the moon.  Yes, believe it or not,  Japanese space officials recently unveiled an important discovery at the 40th Lunar and Planetary Conference that uranium does indeed exist on the moon.  Uranium, of course, is a key radioactive element in the creation of nuclear power, which naturally led the scientists to speculate the moon could possibly be mined for uranium to either be shipped back to earth for nuclear fuel or [...]

By |2009-08-13T00:00:00-05:00August 13th, 2009|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Nuclear power on the Moon?

Carbon tax proposal targets ‘wealthy’ Americans

Should the rich be taxed more for their so-called contribution to global warming?  Well before you answer "Yes," be careful you're not considered part of the rich! According to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, you might be categorized a wealthy person if you drive an SUV, live in a suburban home, or take airplane flights -- activities which global warming proponents believe produce excessive amounts of carbon dioxide.  Currently, the world average for each individual's annual CO2 contribution is about 5 tons.  But since each European produces 10 tons, and each [...]

By |2009-08-07T00:00:00-05:00August 7th, 2009|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Carbon tax proposal targets ‘wealthy’ Americans

Dismal failure of Mexican Gray Wolf recovery program

Eleven years after the Clinton administration launched an ambitious plan to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf in the desert Southwest, the plan is in shambles -- with dead wolves and cattle attesting to the failure of government biologists and bureaucrats to save the “lobo.” Officials at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which administers the Endangered Species Act (ESA), originally projected that, as a result of their recovery efforts, some 100 wolves would be thriving in the area by 2006. But, today, the number of wolves in the designated recovery area in the Gila National Forest along the Arizona-New Mexico [...]

By |2009-07-29T11:45:17-05:00July 29th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Dismal failure of Mexican Gray Wolf recovery program

Gore: U.S. climate bill to bring global governance

Former Vice President Al Gore declared that the Congressional climate bill will help bring about “global governance.” “I bring you good news from the U.S.," Gore said on July 7, 2009 in Oxford at the Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, sponsored by UK Times. “Just two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey climate bill,” Gore said, noting it was “very much a step in the right direction.” President Obama has pushed for the passage of the bill in the Senate and attended a G8 summit this week where he agreed to attempt to keep the [...]

By |2009-07-13T12:27:02-05:00July 13th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Gore: U.S. climate bill to bring global governance

Waxman-Markey: Intense pain, no eco gain

Even a $600-a-year increase in utility bills would be a "hardship" for 78% of American families, notes a recent Lauer Johnson Research poll. They should be so lucky. If the pending Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill (HR 2454) becomes law, utility bills will soar. Farm and business energy costs will skyrocket — and be passed on to consumers, or defrayed by layoffs. Everything Americans grow, make, buy and do will be far pricier. And bureaucrats will control our lives. Compared to no cap-and-tax regime, Waxman-Markey would cost the United States a cumulative $9.6 trillion in real GDP losses by 2035, concludes [...]

By |2009-07-13T12:05:01-05:00July 13th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Waxman-Markey: Intense pain, no eco gain

EPA suppresses report

Alan Carlin, a senior operations research analyst who has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 38 years, alleges the agency has suppressed his most recent report on the CO2 Endangerment Finding.  In this video, he appears on FOX News to discuss the situation. In the report, which can be found here, Carlin says that the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis fails “the ultimate scientific test—conformance with real world data.”  He also criticizes the EPA’s acceptance of “the findings reached by outside groups, particularly the IPCC and the CCSP, as being correct without a careful and critical examination of their conclusions [...]

By |2009-07-08T09:07:15-05:00July 8th, 2009|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on EPA suppresses report